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Advanced Test High-Energy Asset (ATHENA)

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The Advanced Test High-Energy Asset (ATHENA) is a more advanced development of the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) prototype laser system, which was designed to defeat short-range threats (see "Variants," below, for more information). The ATHENA uses spectral beam combining to form a single, powerful, high-quality beam from multiple fiber laser modules. The single beam provides greater efficiency and lethality than multiple 10-kW lasers used in other systems, according to the...

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